The missing component is commitment.
I’m on my way back to Corpus Christi from a quick visit to Austin, to see my husband and my daughter and her family.
It’s January the 18th and, I have yet to write a newsletter this year because, after all these years in the fitness industry I just feel at a loss for … how to motivate people. But … I stopped in to a Stripes to pick up a bottle of water and there was a conversation going on behind the counter regarding which is better, to run outside or to run on a treadmill? The cashier was engaging each customer as I was waited in line and (giggling) sure enough when it came to me … he just kept rambling about “you know,” his wife just bought a treadmill and sure enough she used it for 2 months and then it sat in his kitchen and never got used again for 2 years.
and… I suspect that’s true and I suspect that had she run outside for two weeks and stopped running for the next 2 years that also would have been true. Except, outside and not running isn’t in your face like a treadmill sitting in your kitchen not being used. So, he asked me and I said, “The missing component is commitment” and he said “What, what did you say?” … I said “The missing component is commitment.”
If a person is committed it’s really not about the treadmill or not about running outside, it’s about being committed to your exercise. He seemed surprised by that and he said, “WOW, that’s the truth.” … and it IS the truth and it’s hard. Commitment is hard. Whether it takes 21 days to change a habit or … uh… seeing a therapist (hahaha). Oh, I don’t know, I’ve worked with people for ages and I work with them for 2 years and all of a sudden they’re committed. They make leaps and bounds and they really do change their body and whether it is commitment to mental health … your physical health or your spiritual health, to me it is still about commitment. Sometimes, it’s just about admitting powerlessness; that you just cannot do it on your own and that you have to let go. You have to be mindful and prayerful about letting a Power greater than yourself help you do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
So, whether you’re taking care of your mental, physical or spiritual wellbeing this year in 2015 or all 3 and just seeking balance. I think it’s about commitment and, maybe it’s about committing to the fact that you just can’t do it without help.
I heard on the radio, also, that a great New Year’s Resolution is just one word…how about just one word? The girl that was the radio DJ said her one word was “mindfulness” and I thought that’s a good one word or prayerfulness or what about commitment?
Anyway, may your 2015 be filled with that one word that you can be aware of every day. One word that can keep you on track whether it’s eating right, sleeping right, working right, being right, I don’t even know … or just discovering what is right for you and Your Personal Best.
Yours in Health and Fitness,